Sunday, September 25, 2011

Rounding and Other Stuff

Rounding and Other Stuff

I know I haven’t blogged in a while. But things have been hectic at school and home but more about that in a minute. Right now I am working on lesson plans for rounding for third graders. I have taught rounding in second grade but not in depth. In third we are hitting the rounding unit hard this week! I have a few chants, rhymes, and songs I have found either through my wonderful coworkers or online. I also found an idea of making either a number line or poster boards with numbers on them (starting with the 10’s). Then have the students get an index card and stand between the two 10’s their number comes between. Then have them hop to the 10 they are closer to. I figured this would engage my kinesthetic learners. I am looking for more ideas. If you have any please leave me a comment. I searched TPT and teacher’s notebook but couldn’t find anything. I would love some different activities including some kind of art or bulletin board activity. I KNOW you all have some great ideas please share with this “new to third” grade teacher! Thank you in advance!!!!!!!!!
Our house has been falling to pieces the past few weeks. We have had no AC for almost 2 weeks now. The part has been ordered and is being shipped. We have all the windows open and a BUNCH of fans going. But this has caused the house to feel sticky and humid (it has been rainy the past 3 days and it is very moist outside). Now the bugs are coming in. AHHH!!! Our newest issue is that our freezer/refrigerator has quit as of Thursday night. So ALL the food in it had to go. Now we are living from a cooler to have cold drinks and eating out for every meal. They are supposed to come look at it Monday (tomorrow) and HOPEFULLY it won’t take a WEEK for the part to get it. I am crossing my fingers that it will be fixed on the spot.
School has been hectic with paperwork, new paperwork, and more paperwork. We are starting RTI and I am chair of the SAT committee so I am in charge of meeting, preparing the paperwork, and getting intervention strategies for EACH child that is struggling in grades K-2. It is a bit overwhelming. I have been doing it for 3 years but this year I have lost some of my team members so more of it is on me.
I would love to be creating cute ideas for these units I am teaching but I just don’t have the time. So I am searching your wonderful blogs and looking for your wonderful ideas!!

I am also preparing units on the Earth and Sun, Johnny Appleseed, and shortly line plots. If you have any ideas or resources on these I would love to hear them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

TESTING, TESTING, TESTING....Ready to move on!

I know I haven't blogged lately but I have been so busy at work. We are currently doing 3D Reading testing on all of our students. This takes SO much time but is great information. We test them individually on their reading level (this takes the LONGEST), fluency, word use, and comprehension. It is a wonderful program but I have to test each student one-on-one and we have a due date that is quickly approaching. Needless to say I haven't been able to get into my teaching groove. Right now it is basically morning work, TESTING, quick lesson, TESTING, Lunch, TESTING, quick lesson, specials, recess, journal writing. I can't WAIT for this testing to be over so I can get to the GOOD stuff!!!!!!!!!!    Not to mention if I hear the same story read one more time I feel like I will bang my head on the table!

I did read a really interesting blog this weekend about using the story The Principal From the Black Lagoon and having the principal come in to be interviewed. She then compared and contrasted the two principals. I think I will tie this in with my lesson on Officer Buckle and our poems about community helpers/ :)I am going to try to fit that in this week between testing. It was a great idea but I can't remember where I saw it at. If you know please leave me a comment so I can give credit. THANKS!